Let's talk about shoes for a moment, shall we? I recently picked up a pair of La Sportiva Finale's. Prior to this I only owned two pairs of climbing shoes: LS Tarantulaces for easier to more moderate climbing and LS Solutions for working more difficult routes/projects. I intended for the Finales to serve as an upgrade from my Tarantulaces, which are nearing the end of their service. While the Tarantulaces remain the most comfortable climbing shoe I have ever worn (I can rock them all day on the wall with little to no complaint from my tired dogs), the Finales certainly out perform them enough to make me ready to transition. The Finales have a slightly narrower toe box and sharper point at the tip. This enables more precise foot work and edging on tiny foot holds. The rubber used on the shoe, coupled with the stability of the slightly angled and firm last enable these puppies to grip impressively well. I found them incredibly stable on all manner of 5.11a-d edges and smears. For their maiden voyage, I took them to a local trad crag and found they held very well on polished rock and worked perfectly for toe camming. I usually venture into the great outdoors with my two pairs of shoes, and now I honestly feel these bridge the gap substantially enough that it wont be as necessary anymore depending on what I intend to climb. While they are no LS TC Pro, the Finale is a great entry level shoe with performance power for moderate level climbing. I recommend them for longer, moderate, multi-pitch sport and trad climbs. Note, the notch in the heal can chafe, though I have yet to develop any blisters. Also, I have read reviews from other users citing the heel fitting too loosely. Take a look at the accompanying image for how I defeated this using a simple lacing technique.
(Posted on 6/11/2017)
I purchased this shoe in early 2016 because I wanted a slightly more aggressive shoe at the gym than the Mythos and I wasn't good enough to go with the Solutions. right out of the box, I had a much easier time with my footwork on overhangs. After a few climbs, the leather formed to my toes and the fit became comfortable. Dependable comfort high be the most accurate description of my experience with these shoes. Nobody is going to oooh and ahh when they see these on my feet, but when I can wear them for a couple of hours and avoid having to wrench the shoes off my feet like those other "high performance " shoes, I am very grateful. I've been a longtime user of Sportiva mountain running shoes and now that I've become a climber, I am so glad I remained loyal to La Sportiva. The folks in Italia have done a fantastic job with this shoe. Thank you!
(Posted on 4/6/2017)
Excellent shoes, I've got them for one year. I had no expectations but I'm quite satisfied. I use them for sport climbing and a bit for bloc.
(Posted on 1/19/2017)